Frequently Asked Questions

1.  To what universities/colleges have Calvary’s graduates been accepted?
Calvary graduates have been accepted to many prestigious schools including Auburn, Baylor, A&M, UT, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Abilene Christian, Texas Christian, and many others. Many of our graduates have received scholarships to attend these schools.

2.  Is Denton Calvary Academy affiliated with any denomination or particular local church?
DCA is a non-profit organization independent of any denomination or church. We have our own governing board.

3.  What is the admissions process?
The admissions process includes several steps that are outlined on our website under the “Admissions” tab.

4.  How is admission to the academy determined?
Admission is determined by availability of student spaces, student testing, as well as the philosophy and willingness of the family and student to participate within the school's guidelines. DCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of any of its policies or programs.

5.  How can I receive an application for admission?
All families interested in applying to Calvary should attend an information meeting held in the spring (the first Tuesday of March, April, & May) or by contacting the school.

6.  Are students required to wear uniforms at DCA?
Students are required to wear a standard uniform available from Parker Uniforms and the school.

7.  How are textbooks obtained?
Each family purchases the required textbooks for their courses. DCA provides a booklist with resources for finding used and or discounted books. After the conclusion of a school year, DCA hosts a used textbook sale for returning families.

8.  How much does it cost to attend DCA?
Current tuition and fees are available on our website under the "Admissions" tab.

9.  What is the student/teacher ratio?
For Elementary classes, the average ratio is 15:1, while in Secondary courses it is 20:1.  Whenever possible class sizes are limited to the following maximums:  Kinder - 10, 1st - 12, 2nd & 3rd - 16, 4th & 5th - 18, 6th-8th - 20, 9th-12th - 24. 

10.  Does my student need to take a placement test?
Yes. All applicants are required to provide testing scores (STAAR, ERB, Aspire...) or be evaluated as part of the admissions process. Students may take the Stanford Achievement Test or subject-specific placement exams. A testing fee will be incurred.  Please see our "Admissions Process" section under the "Admissions" tab on the website for further information. 

11.  Do siblings of current DCA students have priority?
Applicants of siblings are given priority over other first-time applicants. However, applicants of siblings are not granted automatic admission—they must still go through the admissions process.

12.  When do classes meet?
Due to the college-simulated structure of our school, Elementary students (K-5) attend classes on Tuesday and Thursday while Secondary students (6-12) attend classes on Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

13.  What kind of classes do you offer?
In addition to core academic courses (English, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, and History), DCA offers students a variety of courses designed to enhance their education, such as: Computer, Bible, Journalism and various Fine Arts courses. 

14.  Do you offer discounts?
No, DCA does not offer tuition discounts.

15.  Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, students who have attended DCA for one year may apply for financial aid. DCA has contracted with FACTS which receives and processes applications for financial aid directly. Additional information is available on our website under "Admissions" (click on "Financial Aid").

16.  What is the University-Model® concept?
Simply put, University-Model® schooling mimics the real world of college, where courses are typically offered on alternate days and therefore students must learn effective study skills and time management to succeed. This not only prepares students very well for college, with a proper blend of professional classroom instruction and parental oversight families are given a gift of time to grow in relationship to one another and Christ.

17.  What kind of sports do you offer?
DCA currently offers students in grades 6-12 a variety of boys and girls sports, including (but not limited to depending on interest) six man football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, track/field, cross country, tennis, golf, soccer, and cheerleading. For additional information on our sports program, please go to the “Athletics” section of our website.

18.  What other extra-curricular activities do you offer?
Students are encouraged to participate in a number of activities such as chapel groups, student government, fine arts competitions, drama club, student worship team, community service, National Honor Society, etc. More information about these organizations can be found on the "Student Life" tab.